Kenya

Moi Orders Supply Of Food Aid To Flood Victims

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NAIROBI, Kenya (PANA) - As the floods situation in northern Kenya continue to worsen, President Daniel Arap Moi Monday ordered the immediate supply of sufficient stocks of food and medicine to the area residents.
The president, in a statement, instructed the relevant arms of the government to move swiftly and deliver the stocks to ensure that no lives were lost.

The rains have adversely affected the North Eastern districts of Garissa, Mandera and Wajir, and also the Isiolo, Marsabit and Moyale districts of Eastern Province. Tana River district in Coast Province is also affected.

Moi's order follows an appeal Monday by residents to the government to supply military aircraft to transport commercial and famine relief food as well as well as medicine to the areas.

In a paid advertisement in the press, the residents said the continuous rains in the last two-and-a-half months have adversely affected their livelihood due to the disruption of transport and communications and the destruction of infrastructure.

They charged that food in the are had became scarce since the extra-ordinary rains have completely cut off the districts from the rest of the country, effectively stopping the supply of commercial food in shops as well as famine relief food.

People are starving and there is disaster in the making. The lives of both human beings and livestock are endangered, they said.

Meanwhile, six people are reported to have died of diarrhoea in Garrissa district after drinking water believed to have been
contaminated.

Floods have damaged the area water treatment works, leaving the area with no treated water.

In a related development, Belgium has availed to the Kenya government two transport planes to assist in the airlifting of relief supplies to the flood victims.

The C-130 Hercules, from the Belgian Airforce, are expected in Nairobi Monday and will carry out relief operations in conjunction with the World Food Programme, the Belgian embassy in Nairobi said in a statement.

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